I keep practicing.
So far, I have mastered nothing.
I thought that I'd gotten banana bread down pretty well. I was making some mini muffins for G about once a week since he won't eat fruit any other way except for applesauce. Understand I said thought, that was until last week when I made some muffins and they are weird! Hard, tough, gooey on top. Just not yummy. What is up!?!
Tonight I made these
and, well, I don't know. I was just disappointed. They are ok. But not the oowy, gooey deliciousness (are we noticing a trend here with that word?) that I was expecting and waiting for. And mind you, I think this has everything to do with the baker and not the recipe or Browneyedbaker and her delicious recipes.
I think I over cooked them, which is probably a habit in my kitchen. I often forget to set a timer. I also get sidetracked and then rush back into the kitchen knocking over anything in my way to hurl open the oven door with a "shit, I burned it again" and wrinkled nose.
Perhaps some of those reasons above are why I tend not to get the final result that I am wanting when baking. I have made these improvements recently, however.
1- reading the recipe before begining.
2 - RE-reading the recipe just to be sure I actually paid attention.
3 - using the ingedients the recipe actually calls for instead of what I happen to have on hand that "could do".
4 - following the recipe.
Those four, small concessions have really made a world of difference. I have managed to make a few yummy things in the past few months. However, I really need one of these to make baked goods that come out like the recipe.
Don't you think?
Instead of this which I am currently using?
Right?? Hint, hint. :-)
Ok, gonna go eat some of those cookies now and see what a big glass of milk does to my attitude about them.